Termite Distribution Map Throughout Florida

08 April 2024 · 3 min read

What is The Distribution Map? 

Researchers at the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences have crafted a simple tool to help homeowners understand termite risks better. This map highlights where new termite colonies are emerging and what types of termites inhabit those areas. As Florida is home to 20 different species of termites, various species affect regions of the state differently, so it’s crucial for homeowners to be able to recognize the species in their home and take appropriate action. Scientists have discovered that although termites are most active in spring, they remain active throughout the year.

What Should Homeowners Take Away from the Map? 

While the map indicates that twice as many termite infestations occur on the east coast compared to the west coast, homeowners on the west coast should not assume they are in the clear. Pinellas County and Hillsborough County are densely populated areas where termites are particularly prevalent. Therefore, homeowners in these regions should remain observant and proactive in protecting their homes against termite damage, despite the lower overall prevalence of infestations compared to the east coast. 

Homeowners should note the distribution of subterranean termites marked on the map, particularly along the west coast of Florida. The map highlights the presence of various species such as Native, Formosan, and Asian subterranean termites in this region. Therefore, homeowners living in these areas must familiarize themselves with the behavior of these termites, recognize the signs of infestations, and be prepared to act if they suspect or spot one.

What is The Destruction of Termites to Your Home?

Termites inflict extensive damage to homes, trees, and other wooden structures across America, amounting to billions of dollars in losses annually. In some cases, the damage is so severe that homeowners decide not to repair their home even after eradicating the infestation. The extent of damage varies depending on factors such as the size and location of the termite infestation relative to the home’s construction. However, in scenarios where termite damage remains unnoticed for an extended period, the repair costs can soar into thousands of dollars.  

In rare instances, termite damage can be so pervasive and profound that it necessitates the complete demolition of the affected home. Such cases highlight the destructive potential of termites and underscore the importance of early detection and proactive measures to mitigate infestations. Homeowners should prioritize regular inspections and preventative termite treatments to protect their properties against the costly and devastating effects of termite damage. 

How Should Homeowners Protect Their Home?

Homeowners can take proactive steps to protect their homes from termite infestations by using the distribution map as a valuable resource. By referencing the map, homeowners can identify which types of termites occur in their area. Furthermore, if homeowners spot any termite species, including those highlighted on the map, around their home, they should promptly contact pest control professionals for assessments and treatments.

Pest control experts can recommend appropriate measures, such as barrier treatments or baiting systems tailored to the severity and extent of the infestation. Additionally, regular inspections and ongoing maintenance, such as sealing cracks and crevices or removing wood debris around the home, can further aid in protecting the home against termite damage over time.

What is Greenhouse’s Option?

To address this issue, preventative measures are key in Greenhouse Termite and Pest Control to protect your home against potential threats like subterranean termite colonies. Our effective solution is the use of Sentricon bait systems, which is our termite ground treatment. We strategically place them around the exterior of residents’ homes. These bait systems create a barrier between the termites and the structure, enticing the pests with a specially formulated bait that they find more appetizing than wood. 

Sentricon bait systems ensure that termites bring the bait back to their colonies to share with others, including the queen, ultimately leading to the elimination of the entire termite colony. However, even in areas where termites aren’t currently prevalent, implementing preventive measures is crucial. By taking proactive steps to protect your home, such as regular inspections and employing termite prevention methods, homeowners can significantly reduce the risk of termite infestations. Remember, it’s always better to be proactive and prevent potential damage than to deal with costly repairs later.

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References

https://flrec.ifas.ufl.edu/termites-in-florida/termite-distribution/

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